After a bit of a difficult week logistically (a busy work week plus a medical treatment Friday night, a Girl Scout event all day Saturday, and an out-of-town guest this weekend), I was able to reach my first major 30 Day Shred milestone: I completed Day 10* this afternoon.
(Note: If you've been following the progress of the Shredheads, you will have noticed that I'm hitting Day 10 more slowly than some of my partners-in-exercise, because I'm not working out every day. Before I committed to this non-consecutive course of action for the 30 Day Shred, I double checked to make sure Jillian would be OK with this approach. Apparently on one of her podcasts she says that it's OK to do the Shred on alternate days as long as you do some sort of exercise on your non-Shred days.)
Aside from the frizzier hair and goofy expression in today's pics, I honestly wasn't sure I saw any differences between the before (gray pants) and the after (black pants) until I saw the pictures together like this. There are some definite changes:
- I can see more muscle definition in my arms in the after pictures, and the muscles are actually pretty pronounced in person thanks to all those pushups!
- In the back view my love handles are much less pronounced, and my waist is slightly more whittled.
There are changes that aren't evident in the photos as well. Although it's hard to *see* a lot of difference in my stomach, the muscles underneath that tummy flab are starting to firm up considerably. (I've got a decent amount of work ahead of me to get those truly tight since two c-sections took a lot of the definition out of my stomach.) And even my thunder thighs are starting to lose some of their wiggle and jiggle -- they are firming up quite nicely, and I've lost some girth there as well.
My biggest challenge in the week ahead will be getting back on the diet bandwagon. I find that when I fall off, I fall off REALLY hard and indulge in all sorts of terrible stuff. Unfortunately, this tends to negate any progress I've made with exercise and weight loss. I don't really know why I tend to go for all-out sinfulness, since I rarely feel deprived on Weight Watchers -- I think it is more about boredom than hunger. I need to find a way to reward myself that doesn't involve eating or shopping. If you all have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!
It's always a bit scary to post a picture of one's bare stomach on the Internet, so let me just go ahead and publish this post before I change my mind. ;-)